At one time, a cat called a jaguarundi, roughly the size of an ordinary housecoat, used to roam around South Texas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The federal agency said the last confirmed sighting of the species within Texas was in April 1986, when a dead jaguarundi was found near Brownsville.
Now the agency hopes to reintroduce the endangered species to the Rio Grande Valley. The goal is to create a stable population of at least 500 jaguarundis by 2050. To succeed, the plan must address a range of threats to the cat, including border fencing, roads, competition with other species and climate change.
Who knows? If the jaguarundi population increases, it could make for an interesting neighborhood cat if you happen to live in South Texas.